Cancer Treatment: The CyberKnife Technology
When you’re diagnosed with lung cancer, it’s important to know and understand all your treatment options. Traditional surgery and chemotherapy are two of the most commonly known procedures, but they are far from the only effective cancer care methods. Medical advances now allow for a diverse array of cancer-fighting treatments that produce little to no complications. At the forefront of this technology is the CyberKnife system. If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, read the following information on why you may want to consult your Riverside Community Hospital doctor about your CyberKnife options:
What is CyberKnife?
The CyberKnife system is a robotic radiosurgery treatment method that uses no incisions when treating cancer. This means that the patient never experiences any of the invasive measures they would when undergoing traditional surgery. Instead, CyberKnife relies on concentrated radiation energy that is administered directly to the cancer site. As they receive treatment, each patient is alert and rests comfortably on a treatment table. Most sessions average approximately one hour, after which patients can leave and resume their normal activities.
How can CyberKnife assist lung cancer treatment?
The CyberKnife system utilizes the most innovative practices in both radiation therapy and imaging technology. Prior to treatment, the lung cancer patient receives a CT scan that identifies the cancer’s current state of progress. Once the intensity and location of treatment is determined, CyberKnife care can be immediately administered. Due to the efficiency of the CyberKnife system, physicians are able to target only the regions affected by lung cancer; healthy tissues, organs, and bones are unharmed.
Who is a candidate for CyberKnife?
Because CyberKnife allows for treatment at any angle, it affords care to those with difficult-to-reach cancer. As a result, lung cancer patients who cannot be treated with surgery or traditional radiation therapy can receive CyberKnife for their condition. Individuals who are too weak to have invasive surgery or chemotherapy can also benefit from this treatment method.
Would you like to learn more about the CyberKnife system? Then call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000. Our CyberKnife Center offers the most advanced cancer care treatment options for Riverside area patients. To learn more about your lung cancer diagnosis, use our Consult-A-Nurse referral system.